Common Causes of Commercial Fires


As a commercial business owner or manager, being aware of possible causes of fires in your workplace and safeguarding against them is a smart practice. At Millennium Fire and Security, Inc., our number one priority is the safety of our valued customers. We provide quality fire safety systems so you can be assured of that integral layer of protection.


It’s important to know what causes fires in offices or other work areas. A study done by Eastern Kentucky University found that more than 50 percent of workplace fires happen due to cooking, heating, or electrical and lighting equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments respond to an estimated 3,340 office building fires a year. Sadly, this high number also represents property damage and personal injuries. Installing a fire alarm system prevents a fire from going unnoticed and decreases the risk of greater damage.


Cooking appliances have the potential to start commercial fires. Toasters, microwaves, stoves, and coffee makers can cause trouble. Keep flammable objects, such as napkins, towels, and paper cups, away from cooking equipment, and remind employees to stay close while using the appliances. If you own a restaurant, ensuring you have an up to date fire alarm system is a must. According to the NFPA, 61 percent of restaurant fires are due to cooking equipment.


Electrical equipment is a necessary and prevalent part of doing business. Because of this reality, commercial fires are more likely to happen. A malfunction in wiring and other electrical equipment is a common cause of major office fires. Just one spark could cause danger. Untangled, undamaged wires and updated extension cords help prevent these fires. Inspect your electrical equipment frequently in case an item needs replacing.


Along with knowing the common causes of fires and implementing important safety precautions, installing a fire safety system is the right and responsible next step. At Millennium Fire and Security, Inc., we can provide a fire alarm system that includes smoke detectors, manual pull stations, and more. We want our customers to have the best safety systems, and we will work with your budget to make sure you have the system that keeps you safe and protected. Call us now at 407-890-0506.